Historic Lynchburg landmark allows visitors to walk through history on Fourth of July

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A number of people in Lynchburg spent their Fourth of July walking through the past, courtesy of a local historic landmark.

Poplar Forest– known as Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home — normally would draw more than 1,500 visitors on the Fourth of July holiday. Unfortunately, because of coronavirus concerns, staff members estimated a significant drop in attendance rates.

However, by maintaining smaller groups, organizing hands-on activities, and offering in-depth discussions, Poplar Forest staff members continue to bring history to life for those who do visit the landmark.

“There is a full range of history and stories happening here that are all very important to where we are here now in 2020 in America, so it’s important for us to really tell that full story so that when visitors come through, they can really get a complete understanding of what life was like for everyone in the early 1800s,” said Mary Massie, manager of programs and education at Poplar Forest.

Conversations about the enslaved community are also part of Poplar Forest’s guided tours, which provide an opportunity for visitors to discover new insights about the people who worked and lived at the historic landmark.

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